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US: Four relatives receive between eight and thirty years for kidnapping of gay Kentucky man

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  1. 30 years for kidnapping? They’d have been given 30 DAYS by a British judge. Kentucky sure knows how to dish out justice!
    They’d better get used to the gays; they’ll be gaying out a lot from here on out!

    1. Prison rape isn’t funny and it isn’t an appropriate punishment for ANY crime in a just and civil society.

      1. Who said anything about rape? Jesus, you really do have a sick mind. Prisoners are well know to form consensual homosexual relationships in prison. Didn’t you ever read ‘Midnight Express?’

      2. Don’t tell me what isn’t funny thank you very much.

  2. Godric Godricson 20 Jun 2013, 1:53pm

    I’m always grateful to have been born in Britain and the to live in the EU. Thankfully there are always more good people than bad!

  3. This is one of the problems with hate crimes legislation. It’s only as good as the number of hillbillies on a jury. This was a clear example of a hate crime in every way but it didn’t have a chance of being applied in Kentucky.

  4. They attacked him BECAUSE he is gay and that ISN’T a hate crime?!!

    These dumb rednecks on the jury should go back to school (if they ever went in the first place)

    F*cking hillbillies

    1. Hate crimes penalise thought, not action; If I break someone’s nose because I disagree with his politics, I’d get a suspended sentence. But if I break someone’s nose because he’s Muslim, I’d go to jail. See the problem there? It’s effectively punishing an opinion – certain views may not be held. Thoughtcrime, in other words. Hate crime legislation is an utter travesty in a liberal, democratic society, or anywhere for that matter.

  5. Did the story forget to mentioned how he was kidnapped and where, for how long and why. Very incomplete story

    1. He was offered a ride, in town, by the convicted, and driven out toward the park. When he stated that he wanted to get out of the car, they kept right on driving to the park, where they dragged him out of it and proceeded to beat him, then drove off, leaving him there. A stranger found him wandering down the road and took him back to town and he pressed charges against the group. The refusal to stop and let him out, when he requested, constitutes kidnapping. All the actions took place in one evening, and as the story states, in the state of Kentucky.

      1. Christopher 20 Jun 2013, 10:17pm

        They would never get 8-30 years for that here in Europe, they would have to brutally rape and murder him to get 30.

  6. The sentencing is ridiculous, the younger offenders could easily be rehabilitated in 2 to 4 years.

    1. Sentinces were quite appropriate – nobody should get involved in this barbarism

    2. The age of majority, in the state of Kentucky is 18, so they were tried as adults and sentenced accordingly. This crime was committed with malice aforethought and any thought of rehabilitation is moot. Their sentencing sends a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated and those who entertain the thought of doing so will face the full weight of the law.

      Had they actually killed him, would you still feel rehabilitation could be possible, and the sentencing too draconian?

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